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UN Human Rights chief voices concern over IIOJ&K situation

 September 14, 2021

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has voiced her continued concern over the situation in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

At the start of the 48th session of the UN Human Rights Council on human rights developments around the world, she said Indian authorities imposed restrictions on public assembly and frequent temporary communication blackouts continue while hundreds of people remained in detention for exercising their right to the freedom of expression and journalists faced ever-growing pressure in occupied territory.

The UN rights chief said ongoing use of the Unlawful Activities Act throughout India is worrying, with Jammu and Kashmir having among the highest number of cases in the country.

She said restrictive measures can result in human rights violations and foster further tensions and discontent in occupied territory.